Retiring Virginia House Speaker Has Emergency Heart Surgery

Jan 3, 2018


In this Jan. 13, 2016,m file photo, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William Howell, R-Stafford, talks during opening ceremonies at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Howell had emergency heart surgery Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after suffering chest pains and is in the hospital.
Credit (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia state House Speaker William Howell is recovering from emergency heart surgery.

Spokesman Matthew Moran said Howell had surgery Tuesday evening after experiencing chest pains.


Moran said Howell is set to spend a few days recovering in the intensive care unit at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.


The 74-year-old Howell announced his retirement last year and his term in office ends next week when the 2018 legislative session begins.